The Orlando Real - Theme Parks

Orlando is the theme park capital of the world! With 10 theme parks in the central Florida area, there’s never a dull moment. Whether you're a thrill seeker looking for the latest and greatest attraction news, a foodie trying to find a brand new savory concoction from Disney, or looking for the history of Orlando's theme park, We've got your back. The Orlando Real is your home for theme park news.

By Jessica Hristov

Disney’s Boardwalk has been undergoing quite a few changes lately! From opening a new deli, having a new cake shop on the way, and now the newest edition- Carousel Coffee, things have been looking great! Want to know more about Disney’s newest coffee shop? Here’s everything we know about Carousel Coffee!

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Details

Carousel Coffee opened late last year at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn. It is conveniently located right off the Main Lobby. It’s a counter service location so you can order whatever you’d like from the menu and enjoy it anywhere on property- perhaps walk down Disney’s famous Boardwalk!

Food & Drink

This location serves coffee, tea, and various pastries. They also have Banana Bread,…

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by Holley Long

“Splitsville” as a word may not call to mind the best picture, but trust me—this is a place where you want to strike out.

What is it? 

Splitsville Luxury Lanes is a dining and (you guessed it) bowling venue located on the West Side of Disney Springs. The retro-glam style of the “Golden Age of Bowling” surrounds you as you show off your skills on the lanes. 

Aside from bowling, the entertainment space also includes pool tables and flatscreen TVs throughout, so you can play or watch a big game while waiting for your turn at the pins.

The Bowling 

Splitsville makes picking up a spare easy with 10-Pin lanes available across its two floors. Each lane can accommodate up to eight bowlers, and the number of guests in…

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by Jessica Hristov

Universal Studios Orlando have recently closed multiple attractions this month to make way for a new project. On January 15, 2023 we said goodbye to so many beloved attractions, and the opening date for the new project to replace these has yet to be announced. Here is everything we know about the departing attractions and what may be coming!

Departing Attractions

Universal announced a while back that they would be permanently closing several attractions in the children’s area of Universal Orlando in January of this year. These include the following attractions, which closed just this last weekend - Woody Woodpecker’s Nuthouse Coaster, Curious George Goes to Town, Fievel’s Playland, DreamWorks Destination, and Shrek and…

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by Jessica Hristov

If you are a fan of the Rock n’ Roller Coaster at Hollywood Studios, you need to walk this way to ride it before it closes for a several month-long refurbishment! The winter months are a very common time for refurbishments here at Disney World, with rides like Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Kali River Rapids temporarily closing. Here is everything you need to know about the refurbishment!

Refurbishment Info

The Rock n’ Roller Coaster is set to close for refurbishment on February 20, 2023. Although the exact reopening date has not been released, there are rumors that it will resume operations sometime in the summer of 2023. The Rock n’ Roller Coaster opened in July of 1999 and has been rocking (and rolling) its way into…

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by Jessica Hristov

EPCOT is known for their amazing festivals. They have the best food, awesome merchandise, incredible entertainment and more. It’s that time of year again for the Festival of the Arts! Disney has released everything we can expect to see, eat, and do this year! Let’s take a look at what’s coming to Festival of the Arts ’23!

General Info

The Festival of the Arts runs from January 13, 2023, until February 20, 2023. During its five-week-long run, there will be plenty of new food studios (booths) and activities to try! As always, there is no additional charge for the festival, as it is included with your valid park admission!

Food Studios

The food studios (or food booths) are always a big hit at every Epcot festival. At the…

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by Jessica Hristov

Back in November 2022, Disney made an announcement that shocked everyone – their current CEO Bob Chapek would be replaced by Bob Iger effective immediately. Just as the news was announced, speculation and rumors began to form. Is Genie + going away? Are prices going to drop? Can he bring fastpasses back? Will Iger finally end the park reservation system? As we begin this new year, we'll have to wait and see what changes will take affect in 2023. While we don’t have all the answers just yet, here is what we know so far.

Park Reservation System

Back when Walt Disney World first reopened after the Covid-19 pandemic in July 2020, they implemented a park reservation system to be able to control park capacity and keep it low. Fast…

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by Holley Long

Orlando has no shortage of unique restaurants and bars, but there’s one place in the city that will bring you all the way back to the 1920’s. When you spend time at The Edison, you can celebrate the present, while being immersed in the past. 

The History

The Edison, located in The Landing district of Disney Springs, opened in late 2017. Since then, the restaurant has thrilled tourists and locals alike with its unique atmosphere and entertainment.

Built in 1901, the building was originally an electric power plant, which works in favor of the now 20th-century power plant theming at the restaurant. Clockwork and factory decor give off a steampunk vibe upstairs, while below ground hides a secret bar—because of prohibition laws, of…

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by Jessica Hristov

Have you ever wondered how New Year’s Eve is celebrated at the Most Magical Place on Earth? There are celebrations and festivities at all four Walt Disney World theme parks! Some parks even stay open past midnight so you can watch the famous “ball drop” right from your favorite park! Here is how each park at Walt Disney World does New Year’s Eve!

Magic Kingdom

Magic Kingdom is one of the most popular parks to be at on New Year’s Eve! Did you know that is it the busiest day to be at Magic Kingdom throughout the entire year? If you plan to be here for the celebrations, I highly recommend coming earlier in the day and staying until the ball drops or the park closes. If you come later in the day, you run the risk of them…

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by Jessica Hristov

I’m sure by now you’ve seen the hilarious videos of people meeting the one and only Grinch and thought, hey – that looks like fun! Well, you’re in luck! During the holiday season at Islands of Adventure at Universal Orlando, not only can you meet the Grinch, but you can celebrate like you’re a real citizen of Whoville! Here is everything you need to know about Grinchmas at Universal! 

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Who-liday Spectacular

The Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular is a live show that stars the Grinch in the telling of Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas. It also features many of the sweet and festive residents of Whoville and has music recorded by Mannheim Steamroller. The Who-liday Spectacular runs every day from…

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by Jessica Hristov

Did you know you don’t have to travel to New York City to see a big Macy’s holiday parade? That’s right – you can go right to Universal Orlando! Want even better news? It doesn’t last for one day like the famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade – you can catch it every day from November 12, 2022, until January 1, 2023 - only a couple weeks left! Here is everything you need to know about Universal’s Holiday Parade! 

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General Info

Universal’s Holiday Parade happens every day from November 12, 2022, until January 1, 2023. Most days the parade will start at 5:30 pm unless the park closes at 6pm, in which case the parade starts at 5pm. The parade lasts for about a half hour and is always held at the…

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